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4 posts from December 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

My Heart Just Melts

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Hannah has that effect on me.  Every time I look at her I just want to eat her up and hug her and squeeze her and kiss her.  She is by far the cutest most adorable, cuddly little puppy I've ever seen.  Even with a bad haircut.  Yes, Hannah had a bit of a disaster this past weekend.  

 

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You see, this time last week, Hannah looked like this.  We told Sarah to groom Hannah.  Her hair was getting long and she needed to get the knots out of her fur.

 

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I mean really now - her hair had gotten so long the poor thing couldn't see unless we tied some hair up in a bow like a punk rocker.  

 

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She was not happy, but she put up with Sarah's bows just the same.

 

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Hannah's fur is so soft that it gets knots very easily.  So last weekend, Sarah gave Hannah a bath and while we weren't looking ...

 

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Sarah did this.  I wanted to cry.  But not before I gave Hannah a big cuddle hug and a knoogy rub on the top of her head - and chewed Sarah out for making Hannah look like she was some homeless dog.

 

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I'm not so sure that Hannah quite understands exactly what happened to her.  But I do know that her potty visits outside are a lot shorter - because she is freezin' her fanny off!

 

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There have been days this week that I have missed this face.

 

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But, no matter how bad the haircut ...

 

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I still think Hannah is the most adorable, cuddly, lickity split I've ever seen.  And in honor of her cuteness, and because today is day 4 of our Christmas season ...

 

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I thought you might like to curl up in your favorite chair with your own little puppy dog, and read - with the World's Most Advanced eBook Reader - the Nook.  It's a really great little device, especially if your eyes aren't as good as they used to be - like mine.

 

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You'll be able to read over a million books, newspapers, and magazines, and download everything wirelessly in a snap.  Better yet, you can take it with you anywhere.  So while you are waiting for your hubby to finish his Christmas shopping while you unwind in Starbucks with your favorite cup of coffee, you can read on your Nook.  Of course, you won't want it to get all scratched up, so ...

 

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I thought you might also like this handy Nook cover by Kate Spade.

 

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And I really like the front cover too.  But, be sure to keep it up off the floor or little paws and jaws from little lickity splits like Hannah might chew on it.

To have an opportunity to put this wonderful gift under your Christmas tree, all you have to do is answer the question below in the comments. The winner for today's prize will be chosen Tomorrow.  One winner per contest will be chosen.

Here are the rules:

One comment per person please.

Comments will be closed Tonight at 10pm EST.

The "1" winner for today's prize will be chosen Tomorrow - Saturday.  Actually, the winner for each giveaway will be chosen the first Saturday following each giveaway.  

There is only one prize per day and one winner per contest.

Answer the following 2 questions in the comments below:

What book have your read that is your favorite of all time?

(Sorry for the late post today, but we were out buying a Christmas tree - a LIVE one!)

Note:  I do not know anyone at Barnes & Noble or Kate Spade.  I just love their Nook and Nook cover and I purchased them thru B&N for you.  They make a great holiday gift and I enjoy passing these great things on to my readers.  So - I sponsored this giveaway (and Santa of course).

That's it! 

Cheers!

SusanSignature

Congratulations to Sandra Marley!

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There were 22 comments.  Winner is #10: Sandra Marley


 

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cold Days - Hot Cocoa - What Could Be Better?

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Hot Cocoa is the best, and here in the Vaughn home, it is nearly a daily staple.  Sometimes we have it for breakfast.  Sometimes we have it in the afternoon while we are working.  Sometimes we make a huge batch after dinner and we watch a movie together as a family with a fire in the fireplace and everyone in their jammies with a big mug of hot cocoa.  What could be better?

Well, I'll tell ya - on the 3rd day of Christmas (In our 21 days of Christmas giving here on Raisin Toast), my true love gave to you ...

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker just for you?  But wait ... WSGingerbreadMugs
How about 4 Gingerbread mugs to go with that cocoa maker?

I mean, you have to have cocoa mugs for the delicious hot cocoa you're going to be making.

What?  Did you say something was missing?  Huh?  

Well - ex - cuuuusssse Me!  I forgot the cocoa!!!!

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Yummy.

Isn't life grand?  I think so too.  Especially since I suffer from a serious addiction problem - Chocolate - in any shape or form.  From donuts to Hershey bars to delicious Hot Cocoa (with whole milk for the real stuff) - it is the little things in life (and chocolate) that make it so grand.

It is all about family traditions too.  Big Bear and I didn't really start to build family traditions together until after we had Sarah.  I think she was about 2 years old when we realized that there were some things that we enjoyed doing together, like fires in the fireplace on cold winter nights, curling up together with hot cocoa and a good movie, family game night so I can lose at Monopoly for the hundredth time.  Whatever it is that you do together, cherish the moments.  They come and go in a flash.  By building family traditions, we give something special to our children - memories - what could be warmer?  

Well, maybe a cup of hot cocoa to go with your next family memory.

All you have to do is answer the question below in the comments.  That's it!  The winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  One winner per contest will be chosen.

Here are the rules:

One comment per person please.

Comments will be closed Friday 10pm EST.

The "1" winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  Actually, the winner for each giveaway will be chosen the first Saturday following each contest.  

There is only one prize per day and one winner per contest.

Answer the following 2 questions in the comments below:

What family traditions do you remember from your childhood?

What traditions are you building with your own family?

Note:  I do not know anyone at Bialetti.  I just love their hot chocolate maker and I purchased it at Williams & Sonoma together with the hot cocoa mix and mugs.  They make a great holiday gift and I enjoy passing these great things on to my readers.  So - I sponsored this giveaway (and Santa of course).  

That's it! 

Cheers!

SusanSignature 

Congratulations to Maureen!

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There were 25 comments. Winner is #18: Maureen K.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Oh The Joys of Christmas

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I love this time of year for many reasons,but mostly because it reminds me (in the event I have forgotten) that the Lord has blessed our family immensely despite our struggles over the past year.  That our family is together and healthy and we all have a warm bed each night.  That through the difficulties, ours are truly insignificant in the big scheme of things.  And that we can continue to give to others and share our blessings with our friends, our family, and complete strangers.  We can give something as simple as a smile to a stranger if we like and know that it made their day a little brighter.  If only we could all live in peace.  

Memories are the makings of Christmas - and all year through for many of us too!  Happy memories are what remind us of the joys of having family and friends.  Well, I hope that this being the 2nd day of Christmas for our 21 days of Christmas giveaway - that the gift will make your holidays a little brighter.
 

Oh the joys of Christmas - especially if you have children.  My kids get so excited they can hardly wait for that special day, but to keep themselves busy, they do things like ...



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Set up decorations that remind us of why we celebrate Christmas.  And we tell the story to our children every year so that they understand that we are celebrating the birth of Christ.

 

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And set up Villages all around our family room like this one...

 

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And this one.

 

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And this one with that wonderful little boy of mine peeking up to show me how proud he is of his Village creation.  I'm so proud of my boy.  He loves setting up for Christmas.

 

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Of course, their is the token Santa - courtesy of his sister who decided that the soap looked better on her brother's face than in the sink.

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Now, what to do with all of these pictures?!!  And believe me when I tell you I've got thousands of pictures. I am a camera toting momma around here.  And, to display my pictures so that they look really nice in our family scrapbook, I use this ...

 

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 Are you a scrapbooker?  Do you know what this is?  It's called a Cricut Create Electric Cutting Machine and it is really neat.

 

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And handy too.

 

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Here is the information for you:

The Cricut Create Electronic Cutting Machine combines the portability of the original Cricut machine with the functionality of the Cricut Expression machine.  This versatile crafting sensation allows you to create die-cuts for classroom decor, scrapbook layouts, signs, banners and much more.  It is an exciting way to cut letters, shapes and phrases in an array of impressive sizes from 1/4" up to 11-1/2" on the 6"L x 12"W cutting mat.

Cricut Create Electronic Cutting Machine Includes:

  • Cricut Create machine - measures approx. 9"L x 17"W x 11-1/2"H 
  • Cutting mat - measures approx. 6"L x 12"W
  • Don Juan cartridge
  • Keypad overlay 
  • Handbook
  • Blade assembly
  • Quick start guide
  • Power adaptor
  • Manual
  • Instructional DVD

Product Features: 

  • 8-way directional blade - blade navigation buttons - allow you to move the cutting blade so you can easily position it exactly where you want to start a cut
  • Paper-saving mode - rearranges amount of selections to take up the least space possible
  • Flip function - easily create a flipped or mirrored image cut of the shape you chose
  • Center point function - cuts your shapes centered on a designated point; use on photographs or patterned paper in the landscape mode
  • Fit-to-page function - Maximizes the size of the character on the page, overriding the size set with the Size Dial
  • Shadow option - creates a proportionately larger shadow image of each shape you select
  • Mix and match - make a variety of creative features within the same cuts; use the entire library of existing Cricut cartridges
  • Variety of sizes - cut in portrait or landscape page layout
  • Easy to use - no computer necessary; 4 languages: English, French, Spanish and German; metric options
  • Auto Fill mode - easily mass produce cuts
  • LCD screen - shows exactly what you're typing for your next cut; easy to view
  • UL listed
  • Comes with a manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty

It's a fancy device, and it makes scrapbooking fun.  Wouldn't you love to have this under your Christmas tree?  Wouldn't you love to be able to create pages that are as creative as the pictures you show off to family and friends?  

Well, here you go ...

All you have to do is answer the question below in the comments.  That's it!  The winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  One winner per contest will be chosen.

Here are the rules:

One comment per person please.

Comments will be closed Friday 10pm EST.

The "1" winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  Actually, the winner for each giveaway will be chosen the first Saturday following each contest.  

There is only one prize per day and one winner per contest.

Answer the following question in the comments below:

How do you make memories last after the holidays are over?

Note: I do not know anyone at Cricut.  I just love their scrapbook cutter and I purchased it thru HSN.  I do not know anyone at HSN either.  This makes a great holiday gift for the scrapbooker in your life and I enjoy passing these great things on to my readers.  So - I sponsored this giveaway (and Santa of course)

That's it! 

Cheers!

SusanSignature

Congratulations Roxy!

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There were 22 Comments. Winner is #18: Roxy

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 


 
 
 

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It's The Month For Gift Giving

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It is the month for shopping and dropping and crowds and economic upturns, and Raisin Toast wants to contribute to the holiday spirit!  The Christmas season of giving!  The joy of surprises and kisses and hugs! Susie Q here wants to give you an opportunity to win something for yourself or someone special in your life. It is my way of saying "Thank you!" for being a Raisin Toast reader!

Since I am so adorable, I have managed to finagle some very nice gifts from some very nice people for my very nice readers.  These are all gifts that I have myself and love and want to share with you. (Not the ones I've used, but new gifts for you).  You see, last year this time I didn't have to do much finagling.  We still had our retirement. ha ha.  This year, however, the only way I could continue the tradition of gift-giving this Christmas was to ask, politely, with whipped cream and a cherry on top for free stuff - for you.  Not me.  You. 

So, here's what I did.  I made a list.  I checked it twice.  I essentially found out who was naughty and who was nice.  And the nice won out.  The naughty had no time for my finagling.  The nice were very nice and let me finagle all I wanted.  Well - to a limit.  Just put it this way -- Every day this week (Monday - Friday) between now and December 21st, Raisin Toast is going to have a giveaway.  And all you have to do is answer the question in the comments below.  That's all you have to do - to finagle a free gift from me - and my very nice corporate friends.  There will only be "1" winner and "1" gift.  Now if only I could finagle a job for Bob out of one of these friends, we'd be all set.  Oh well, Bob isn't into the business of cookware and scrapbooking supplies, and cameras, and ... you get the picture, right?

Today is the first day of this exciting adventure on Raisin Toast.  I'm going to call it the "21 days of Christmas." 

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me ....

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A Nikon CoolPix L20 Digital Camera with 3.6 optical zoom and a 3 inch LCD screen in Deep Red.  Deep red because it's Christmas and I love Deep red, don't you?

Your gift will include:

♦ 1) Nikon Coolpix L20 Digital Camera
♦ 2) Precision Design 4 NiMH Batteries with Rapid Charger
♦ 3) Transcend 4GB HC SecureDigital Class 6 (SDHC) Card
♦ 4) Precision Design USB 2.0 High Speed SecureDigital (SD/SDHC) Card Reader
♦ 5) Image Recall Digital Image Recovery Software
♦ 6) Nikon Soft Camera Case
♦ 7) Precision Design Memory Card Storage Wallet
♦ 8) Precision Design Flexible Tabletop Mini Tripod
♦ 9) Cameta Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

This incredible Nikon Camera features a 10 megapixel resolution, 3.6x Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, plus several imaging innovations designed to encourage carefree shooting for the otherwise photographically challenged. It incorporates motion detection that automatically controls the shutter speed and ISO settings to compensate for camera shake and subject movement thereby reducing the chances of getting image blur.  I, particularly like this feature because I can't hold a camera steady to save me.

The L20 also incorporates a High ISO of ISO 1600 for capturing images in low-light situations - like when you have your Christmas tree all lit up and all the lights are out and it's dark, but boy does it ever feel like Christmas and you want to capture it on film - or in your camera - or on your computer.  

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The Nikon Coolpix L20 also has a bright, high resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with an anti-reflective coating, easing the composition of photos, even in direct sunlight. You gotta love the big screen Santa baby.

Here are the rules:

One comment per person please.

Comments will be closed Friday 10pm EST.

The "1" winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  Actually, the winner for each giveaway will be chosen the first Saturday following each contest.  

There is only one prize per day and one winner per contest.

Answer the following question in the comments below:

What have you done this year for someone else that has made their life better, happier, healthier, brighter?  Tell me about that "one" thing that made you feel good inside ...

It doesn't have to have been anything extravagant.  I just love to hear stories of how good people step up and do for others without being asked - those gifts from the spirit that give us our faith back in humanity.  Big or small, or something as simple as a hug.  It can be something that you have done for another member of your family, or a friend, or a neighbor, or a complete stranger.

Note:  I do not know anyone at Nikon.  I just love their cameras! This makes a great holiday gift for the anyone in your life and I enjoy passing these great things on to my readers.  So - I sponsored this giveaway (and Santa of course).

That's it! 

Cheers!

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Congratulations Michael Thoms!

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There were 45 Comments. Winner is #23: Michael Thoms

Merry Christmas to all!  






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